Led by Volvo, Ford will establish a hybrid development centre in
Part of a global initiative by Ford to speed the introduction of more fuel-efficient vehicles, the new hybrid development centre will build on Volvo’s existing hybrid experience. Their early hybrid systems eventually made their way into the first hybrid SUV, the Ford Escape.
In a linked announcement, the car giants are investing £740 million in environmental research and design to reduce the total fuel economy and exhaust emissions of the global Volvo fleet.
The investment initiative will focus primarily on the development and deployment of cleaner, more efficient diesel engines, hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles. It will investigate the use of light, strong materials like magnesium, aluminium and lighter high-strength steel, and the introduction of smaller vehicles.